HC Deb 27 June 1996 vol 280 cc202-3W
Mr. Clapham

To ask the President of the Board of Trade what was the number of damages claims for radiation-induced illness settled annually for the past five years in the United Kingdom nuclear industry; what was the average settlement for each of the years; and how many cases were attributable to the Magnox stations and how many to the advanced gas-cooled reactor stations. [34328]

Mr. Eggar

The compensation scheme for radiation-linked diseases is a nuclear industry voluntary scheme for determining compensation due to employees who develop radiation-linked diseases. Since it was introduced in 1982, and up until the end of 1995, compensation payments have been awarded to 63 cases, with almost £3 million in compensation being paid. This is against a total number of claims arising of almost 500.

The employers and unions from the organisations participating in the compensation scheme agreed that, in order to protect the identification of individual claimants, information on successful claims will be provided only for the compensation scheme as a whole. Details on compensation scheme payments are contained in an annual press statement. I am arranging for copies of the 1995 statement to be placed in the Library of the House.